Monday, February 08, 2021

Boeing 747-412 (BCF), N703CK: Accident occurred February 03, 2020 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

 This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Kalitta Air LLC

Location: Los Angeles, CA 
Accident Number: DCA20CA077
Date & Time: February 3, 2020, 03:00 Local
Registration: N703CK
Aircraft: Boeing 747 412
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air carrier - Non-scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N703CK
Model/Series: 747 412 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: LAX,128 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / 28 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Destination: Honolulu, HI (HNL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 33.941665,-118.408607

Aircraft struck large garbage container on runway and had to abort takeoff.

It's not always sunny and beautiful in California — strong winds in the Los Angeles area caused damage to a cargo jet early Monday morning.

A little after 3 a.m., a 747 cargo aircraft was getting ready to takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport when it hit a trash bin that had been blown onto the runway, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The bin hit the nose gear on the airplane and resulted in two blown-out tires. 

There were seven people on the aircraft, and none were injured.

According to the National Weather Service Los Angeles, winds were expected to be between 40 and 70 mph early Monday (with isolated gusts between 80 and 90 mph) and are expected to taper down in the afternoon. A wind advisory is in effect until noon PST Monday. 

Los Angeles World Airports, which governs LAX, deferred to the fire department's account of the incident.


  1. Puzzling that the NTSB report in CAROL does not include any narrative text describing what happened.

  2. Kalitta has has some “Incidents” lately!

  3. Wow. Isolated gusts from 80-90mph is CAT1 hurricane speed. And 40-70mph is tropical storm wind speed. What the hell were they doing trying to even fly in these conditions? That was a strong system that moved across the nation last week and even wound up here in the greater metro Atlanta area where we were hit with high winds with sustained winds of 25mph gusts up to 40mph. It shut down small GA aircraft operations.

  4. Easy to not notice that it wasn't last week. This happened a year ago. In spite of that forecast, with LAX wind recorded at the time being 15 knots gusting 28 knots from 340°, 747 cargo takeoff was doable in that crosswind if no trash bin was on the runway.